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Common name: native flax, wild flax
Linum marginale A.Cunn. ex Planch. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb, mostly 10–60 cm high; stems erect, mostly unbranched, glabrous. Leaves linear to narrow-elliptic, mostly 5–20 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, margins entire, surfaces glabrous and often bluish. Inflorescence loosely corymbose; pedicels 13–25 mm long, elongating in fruit. Sepals ovate, 3–6 mm long, margins membranous, ciliate. Petals 8–12 mm long, blue, sometimes with darker venation. Anthers white. Capsule globose, 4–6 mm long and diam.; seeds c. 3 mm long, brown. Flowers spring-summer. Widespread in woodland and forest, and margins of acid swamps; but not common. NC CC SC NT ST NWS CWS SWS NWP SWP NFWP; all
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Suspected of HCN poisoning if eaten by stock.
Text by C. L. Gardner
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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